Magura has announced their entry into the dropper post market, and it’s a doozie. Foregoing the hassles of internal routing, and the old-school look of external routing, they instead poured R&D effort into something of a different flavour and went straight to an electronic, wireless execution. Named the Vyron eLect, it uses Ant+ communication technology, provides 150mm of travel, and when fully charged, it’ll spring up to the height of your ass for 40 hours (roughly 400 actuations). Once your 40 hours are up, it enters “safe mode” (indicated by a warning light on the remote) meaning you have 20 more actuations left, so you won’t have to ride down the gnar with a fully extended seat post giving you an unwanted prostate exam.
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The Vyron eLect wireless dropper comes with two items: The post and the remote. Technically most other droppers have 3; the post, remote and cable, so there’s advantage #1.
The remote doesn’t just control the post; it’ll also lockouts your fork and shock – if they happen to be made by Magura. That means less clutter at the cockpit and more opportunities for x-ups and barspins. Or however you like to get rad.
Activating the Vyron works just a little differently than your garden variety dropper post. There’s no need to hold the button-just press it, wait about a second for it to kick in, then move your butt to the height you’re after, or sit down to drop it.
A single 2032 watch battery powers the remote-something you can pick up at any hardware or drug store.
A servo motor runs the dropper unit, and is positioned at the top of the post, tucked away under the seat. The dropper mechanism is hydraulic, and controlled by an adjustable air spring.
Foolproof: even if the remote runs out of batteries, the dropper can be activated by pressing the white button on the side.
Remove the white cover and behold, the on/off switch and the micro-USB charge port. Which means if you are on an epic bikepacking adventure, you can bring along a portable USB charger to charge the post.
A 2-piece clamp with a rubber o-ring keeps things in place, while making removal very easy.
The Magura Vyron eLect wireless dropper will accommodate post diameters of 30.9mm and 31.6mm, and has an MSRP of $429 USD.
Soon all you will need is two cables from your handlebars.